BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was kind of hoping for a little more from this one. Nice dark mahogany pour with a small mocha head that left some lacing. Nose of roasted malt, charred wood, yeast, and a touch of candied citrus. Just not as interesting as the combination of aromas would indicate. Everything is there but subtle, subdued, muddled. Wanted more burnt oak, more grapefruit pith and orange peel, more spice. Very drinkable but not entirely memorable.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours almost black with a small head. The nose is almost black IPA like with slight burnt notes but a lighter hop presence. It’s soft on the tongue with an interesting mix of floral, burnt malt, grass, and slight yeast notes. Light body with higher carbonation. Interesting brew.
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black in color, with a tan head. Light malt and Belgian yeast aroma. I was hoping for more smoke and more hops. Easy drinking and nice brew overall.
ADfan (659) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark in the glass with a small head. The nose has dark fruits like plums and cherries with a touch of smoke. The taste has smoke up front then there is some roasted malts. A touch of roasted fruits on the end. Taste falls off pretty quick.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head . Nose is roasted malt, light spice,grass, and earth. Flavor shows more of the smoke, notes of cocoa, coffee, and a grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and for the brewers involved, this is slightly underwhelming.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely unique beer in my experience. Has the dry grassiness of a saison as well as smoke and roast. Body is much lighter than you would expect from those flavors. Dry finish.
agent_511 (157) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a light tan head that quickly fades to lacing. Aroma of pine resin. Tastes of resin, smokey wood, coffee, and clove. Medium light body.
Iphonephan (4631) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. hHints of licorice and toasted grains bitter finish.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lots of interesting, distinct, but mismatched things going on here. Pours nearly black with a small tan head that leaves some sheeting. Aroma is that of a lightly smoked porter. Taste is sweet, citrus bitterness, grass, dark fruits, some vanilla, some spice, a long smoky finish. There’s a weird taste that I really can’t place, like a dry chili burn that is sitting in the back of my throat.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Confused and muddled, not really getting any ’home base’ feeling of any style. Looks fantastic though. Smells toasted and very slightly smoked malt, belgian yeast, some brown suggar sweetness. Tastes kind of like all that with no proper balance. However, regardless of all the negative factors, it was still an enjoyable beer